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Conversational Phrases/H

Conversational phrases beginning with H. Select a phrase for more details.

had it (1) INFORMAL

worn out or in very bad condition

had it (2) INFORMAL

very likely to fail, lose, go bankrupt, etc.

have a heart

You can say this if you're asking someone to be kind, or if you think they're being unfair or heartless.

have to wait and see | have to see

You can say this if someone asks about the future and you can't, or don't want to, answer them.

haven't got a clue INFORMAL

You can say this if you don't know something, or if you don't want to tell someone something.

haven't got all day | don't have all day INFORMAL

You can say this to let someone know you're in a hurry.

having said that

You can say this before balancing or moderating what you've just said by adding a countering fact or comment.

heard it all before

You can say this if you've the heard the same ideas, promises, excuses, etc. in the past, and you're no longer impressed by them.

help yourself | help yourselves

This is used to let people know they can take something, or they can serve themselves.

here goes INFORMAL

You can say this just before doing something exciting, risky, or challenging.

here it is | here they are

You can say this when you've found something you're looking for.

here we go again

You can say this when something annoying or upsetting starts to happen again.

here you are | here you go

You can say this when handing something to somebody.

here's to

You can say this when raising a glass and wishing somebody success, health, happiness, etc.

hold it! INFORMAL

You can use this to tell someone to stop.

how about that? | how do you like that?

You can say this about something that's exciting or surprising.

how about...? (1) INFORMAL

You can use this when suggesting something in particular.

how about...? (2) INFORMAL

You can use this to ask for information that's related to what's already been mentioned.

how are you? | how are you doing?

You can use this to greet somebody you already know.

how come? INFORMAL

You can say this if you want to know why something's happened, or why a situation exists.

how could you?

You can say this to someone if you think they've done something bad or wrong.

how dare you! INFORMAL

You can say this to someone if you're shocked or angry about what they've done or said.

how do you do? British English FORMAL

This is a very formal greeting sometimes used among members of the British upper classes.

how does that sound?

You can ask this if you want to know what someone thinks of your idea or your suggestion.

how should I know?

You can say this if you're annoyed because you've been asked a question you couldn't possibly know the answer to.

how's it going? INFORMAL

This is used as an informal or casual greeting, esp. among young people.

how's it going? | how are things going?

You can use this to ask somebody about their progress in a task, a job, a project, etc.

how's that?

You can use this to ask if something's all right.

Contributor: Matt Errey